Speed your recovery

For better mental health, throw in some quicker running

MANY STUDIES HAVE attested

to the power of moderate exercise in boosting mental health. But could even bigger

gains be made by pushing yourself a little harder on a regular basis? Yes, according to a new study in The Journal

For better mental health, throw in some quicker running

Of Sports Medicine And Physical Fitness. Researchers gathered data from healthy young adults and compared their physical activity levels and cardiorespiratory fitness

(using their VO2 max) with their score from two mental

health questionnaires. Interestingly, they found that cardiorespiratory fitness had a

greater impact on mental health. In other words, the subjects doing harder exercise had better mental health than

those doing similar amounts of moderate workouts. That’s not to say all your runs need to be a challenge – adding in one or two tougher workouts a week might boost both your physical and mental wellbeing.

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